Former United States Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab discussed the outlook for the Doha Round of trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the future of the global trading system at the Peterson Institute, May 24, 2011. Ambassador Schwab recently published a major article on these topics in the new issue of Foreign Affairs, arguing that "Doha is doomed" and that the time has come to move to a new agenda for global trade talks. PIIE Director C. Fred Bergsten and Senior Fellows Jeffrey J. Schott and Arvind Subramanian facilitated a discussion following Schwab's presentation.
Ambassador Schwab is now a professor at the University of Maryland and a strategic advisor to Mayer Brown, LLP. She was deputy United States Trade Representative (USTR) and then USTR from 2005 until January 2009, during which time she led US negotiations in the WTO, as well as for the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, Peru, and South Korea. She was previously dean of the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; director of Corporate Business Development at Motorola; assistant secretary of commerce; director general of the US and Foreign Commercial Service; and a trade policy specialist and legislative director for Senator John Danforth.